Who ever thought that Instagram would be a source for product leaks? But it looks like the iOS-only photo-sharing service has inadvertently outed the successor to the Lumix GF3 — the GF5.
According to Engadget, the shot showed up in the account of Hong Kong-based Panasonic brand ambassador Angelababy, and has subsequently been taken down. And while we don’t have any official specs for the mini Micro Four Thirds body, it seems to be following in the footsteps of the dumbed-down GF2 and GF3, while borrowing a little bit of styling from the GFX.
What we do have are some rumored specs from 43rumors. The GF5 will possibly have a 12MP sensor with “improved signal-to-noise ratio” (read: better low-light performance), a maximum ISO of 12,800, a 920k-dot touch screen and faster AF.
And why has Panasonic chose to skip the GF4 name? Apparently the number four sounds like “death” in Japanese. That actually sounds like a pretty cool name to me.
As for timing: in the past, the GF series has been updated in the summer months. Maybe it’s coming earlier this year, or maybe this is just a very premature leak.